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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor under evaluation at an other journal.

  • All authors of the article submitted have significantly contributed to the research

  • All authors of the article submitted commit themselves to participating in the peer review process of at least three other works submitted by other authors.

  • The article respects the copyrights of the sources used en cited (e.g. figures, tables, photographs, illustrations, trade literature and data) respect copyrights.
  • All authors commit themselves to provide retractions or correction of mistakes

  • Any submission in English by non-native English speakers will have to be professionally copy-edited at authors’ cost before final acceptance. No other fee or charge will be required from authors for manuscript processing and/or publishing.

  • Any financial support will have to be notified.

  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • All submitted files are in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • All submitted files are anonymous (no name of the authors in the article nor in the file properties).

Author Guidelines

Download here the template file to be used.

At the time of submission, authors are invited to submit the associated data wherever possible, or to make such data available in an open-access repository such as NAKALA: We also invite authors to indicate their justified preferences in terms of editors and reviewers for the evaluation of their submission.

Texts should be laid out in the following way:
1. The text should not normally exceed 30 pages. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
2. The first "anonymous" page consists of
- the title of the article,
- an abstract (see below)
- a list of up to 5 keywords.
Title, keywords and abstract should be written in French and in English. The title and the abstract have to inform the reader about the contents of the article. The editorial board reserves the right to change the title and abstract proposed by the author after consulting him/her.
3. We ask the authors to take care of the abstract and to give a clear and explicit description of the following items: (a) the research question your deal with in your paper, (b) the research approach or method adopted by the authors, (c)  the theoretical contribution brought by the paper, (d) the relevance of the research and the implications for practitioners; and (e) the major originality of the research and the methodological, theoretical and/or practical innovation of your contribution.
4. The layout needs to be clear- with no more than 4 levels (ex : I.1.1.1). Citations should be in quotes, in standard type. If possible, bibliographic references should be at the end of the sentence or at a logical place in the sentence. The latter will be written in small letters except the initial.
5. In its introduction, the article has to explain its interest to all the lectors. The conclusion should sum up the results and implications. Reference to prior works should not be overdone - most of the text should be devoted to the original contribution of the article. The author should be clear, with tables and figures included where they help understanding. The editorial board may adapt the style of the article to that of the journal.
6. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
7. At the end of the article, there should be :
- the possible footnotes;
- the bibliographical references; and 
- the appendices (methodological or other) should be referred to by letters (A, B, etc.).
8. The references should be shown as follows : in the text, references will be in brackets with the name and the date of publication, for example : (Reix, 1995). Where the number of coauthors are higher than three, use et al. after the name of the first author. If two references have the same author and year of publication, there will be a letter to differentiate them, for example : (Mintzberg, 1994 a). These letters have to appear in the bibliography.
For the bibliography, at the end of the text:
Download the style to import in your reference manager (Endnote, Zotero, Mendley, etc.)
- French-language periodicals : List the authors with the initial of their first name, the year of publication, the title of the article, the name of the periodical in italics (without abbreviations), volume number, issue number and page numbers.
Example : Reix, R. (1987), " Planification des systèmes d'information et stratégie de l'entreprise ", Revue française de gestion, n°61, janvier-février, p. 12-21.
- English-language periodicals : Use the same rules as above, except that words start with a capital letter.
Example : Delone, W.H. (1988), " Determinants of Success for Computer Usage in Small Businesses ", MIS Quarterly, Vol. 12, n°1, p. 51-61.
- Books : List the authors with the initial of their first name, year of publication, title of the book (in italics), the name of the publishers and the place of publication.
Example : Robert W. Zmud, (2000), "Framing the domains of IT Management" , Pinnaflex, Cincinnati.
- Extracts of books : List of the authors with the initial of their first name, year of publication, title of the chapter, title of the book (in italics), name of the publisher, name of the publishing company, place of publication and page numbers.
Example : Baba, M.L. (1990), " Local Knowledge in Advanced Technology Organizations " in Organizational Issues in High Technology Management, L. Gomez-Meijia and M. Lawless (Eds), JAI Press, Greenwich, Conn., p. 57-75.
- Unpublished papers : References to unpublished articles, theses, etc. must include the list of authors with the initial of their first name, the year of the oral examination and the title. Do not write words in italics and do not forget to include the name of the University or School, as well as the place of the oral presentation.
Example : Rudolph, E. E. (1983), Productivity in Computer Application Development, Department of Management Studies, Working Paper n°9, March, University of Auckland.
- Seminar reports : Quotes from seminar reportss are dealt with as chapters from books, with a list of authors including the initial of their first name, the year of publication, the title of the article, the underlined title of the seminar (underlined), volume number, the first name and the name of the publisher, the name of the publishing company, the place of publication and page numbers.
- Finally, appendices (methodological or other) should be referred to by letters (A, B, etc.).

Empirical research

In the "Research Article" section, articles should be built on solid theoretical frameworks and methodological foundations (literature review, justification and description of the method...) to propose original and significant contributions to information systems management. As the main section of the journal, articles can be of different types: theoretical articles for the development of a theory, articles that empirically test or illustrate a theoretical framework, literature reviews that offer new research perspectives.

Teaching case studies and experiences

The "Teaching case studies and experiences" section aims to publish teaching cases studies and experiences from companies illustrating, for pedagogical purposes, the IS design, the use of IS and the management of the IT department. The emphasis is essentially on the relevance and originality of the empirical contributions that enable students to develop their scientific knowledge of information systems management by referring to a theoretical or conceptual framework.


The "opinion" section aims to present an opinion, discuss a paradox or forecast issues likely to be of interest to our community. Articles in this section should either initiate reflection, or even debate, within our community, or open up new fields of research. These opinions must be clearly argued and rigorously constructed, and will be subject to the usual evaluation process. The evaluators and the editorial board will be careful to maintain a high standard for these articles, which will be expected to present the proposed issue clearly, give a rigorous conceptual framework, develop the chosen argumentation, describe the implications and any empirical evidence.

Methodology research

The "methodological research" section welcomes articles that make significant methodological contributions to information systems research. Articles submitted under this section should discuss the conditions of application, limitations and opportunities of tried-and-tested methodologies, or propose innovative methodologies. Particular attention will be paid to the logical and documented articulation of arguments to extract a methodological contribution in order to help researchers mobilize the methodology discussed to conduct their own research.

Nicolas PRAT <> is the first contact editor for this section.

Theory development

This section is for conceptual articles that develop novel theories and generate theoretical insights that advance the study and practice of IS design, use and management. This section includes also Theory-Generative Research Synthesis, such as literature reviews.

OLOGEANU-TADDEI Roxana <> is the first contact editor for this section.

Registered Reports

Registered Reports emphasize the importance of the research question and the quality of methodology by conducting peer review prior to data collection. High quality protocols are then provisionally accepted for publication if the authors follow through with the registered methodology. For more information on registered reports and a checklist to help you craft an effective submission see

Special Issues

Editorial policies for special issues (usually one per year) are delegated to guest editors. Each special issue proposal is presented to and approved by the SIM editorial board.

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